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Posted by Dee on 08/02/2007
Noisy, clangy, duck meatballs way, way, way overrated. Felt rushed. I do not understand how this place was handed a Michelin star.
Posted by Distasteful on 07/27/2007
I went to A Voce tonight on Thursday night. We were seated promptly, however, poorly in the back right corner of the restaurant. Our waiter came over and proceeded to try to rush us to order. We explained we needed a moment and he came back again in 2 min. My wife and I split the duck meatballs, which were dry, and a asparagis dish as appetizers. For our main course I ordered the Tonno Bianco which was good and my wife had the Scampi Ravioli. The Scampi was cold in the middle. I brought this to the waiter's attention and couldn't believe what I heard. He must not have thought I spoke Spanish as well as he muttered under his breath and then turned to a busboy and said some very hurtful things to this individual as if it was his fault. I couldn't believe it! Our desert of Tuscan Doughnuts was somewhat of a savior of marginal cuisine and an even worse experience with this server.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/23/2007
I went to A Voce on Saturday with my girlfriend and another couple after hearing good things and reading the article in the WSJ. I asked the hostess (Tania) for one of the middle tables and she couldn't accomodate, but was very pleasant to deal with. Then everything went downhill. Our waiter came within 5 minutes and asked if we had decided. Before my girlfriend could even ask for a wine list he disappeared. I had to flag him down and ask for bread 3 times. Second, after we ordered the appetizers and a bottle of wine the other couple needed more time to decide, so instead of saying "i'll come back" he rolled his eyes, sighed and ran away. I had to ask three different busboys for my drink after that, and when our food came we apparently were given another waiter. The old one simply ignored us and shot us an occasional dirty look. Never once did anyone ask us if we wanted desert and just gave us the check as soon as we finished. The food was decent, not spectacular, but when you dine at a restaurant like A Voce you expect a) good atmosphere, which it has, and b) stellar service, which it obviously lacks. On our way out, I made a point to tell the new hostess (Tania had left by then apparently) how horrible our waiter was. She simply shrugged her shoulders and said I'm sorry. So am I. Am never going back here, and will be telling everyone I know to avoid this place. When you spend $280 on dinner for 4 people you expect to be treated with a little dignity, maybe the owners of A Voce should look into it.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/04/2007
A voce deserves its A and its "word of mouth". We were a group of well traveled immigration lawyers and pharma industry folks who were NOT DINING on an expense account . We have each eaten at the best rated restaurants in the most international cities and found the food here genuine, with distinctive personality and not pretentious. The offering of duck and lamb was unique. I never thought that anything could surpass a great Chinese style duck or a Persian lamb but there are great surprises in the menu. The duck meatballs cannot be compared. Ahh the rock shrimp - and seafood Ravioli - what a pair. The desserts gave us great memories of Florence . We can't wait to return to try out the other dishes and have made reservations again. It was worth the rush post theatre to go 25 blocks there in order to order by 11pm and very pleased that they were able to still cook up a feast for us. Oh, and the seats were comfortable and the seating was spacious - maybe the room is too open but at least it is casual elegant and not stuffy - a place that our adult children would enjoy just as much as we did.
Posted by NYesq on 07/02/2007
I went there on a first date after hearing it was this new hot spot restaurant. The food was not good. The service and atmosphere were good, but unfortunately, the food was some of the poorest I have had in the city.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2007
I am a huge fan of A Voce! I have been to the restaurant several times, and am always more than happy with my meal. Service is always excellent, and the waiters have all been able to make great wine recommendations within our group's price range. Every entree I have tried has been delicious, although I am almost embarrassed to say, my favorite part of the meal may be the fresh ricotta you start with. You can't go wrong with either the hangar steak or the duck. They also have what I believe to be the best outdoor seating in Manhattan, so definitely go this summer!
Posted by dxk910 on 06/22/2007
I went to A Voce last night after reading some what mixed but generally good review of the restaurant. I guess I went in there with somewhat of a high expectation, but food and service was beyond sub-par; it was straight up not good. I showed up little later than my friends, but it seemed like they were seated promptly. With that said, our waiter was busy smooching with people next to our table, we couldn't even get a glass of water for 30 mins and he was not at all friendly to us. Food was average at best. I think they use fresh and good ingredients, but each plate as a whole was very unorganized and chaotic in flavor almost. It was like ingredients and sauces used to make the dish were fighting each other instead of blending in and enhancing the flavor of all involved parts of the dish. I started with grilled octupus and duck meatballs. I ordered appetizer portion of tripe and had sorbet for dessert. Every course, I was becoming more disappointed and getting angry that I brought my friends to such an average restaurant. I will never go back.